04 December, 1594


Msgr. Domingo de Salazar, the archbishop who initiated the construction of the Manila Cathedral within the walled city of Intramuros, died. His death came before the cathedral was completed.

Msgr. Salazar, was known for defending the Filipinos against the “encomenderos”, also helped in the building of the church of the Dominicans as well as the hospital for the Filipinos and the College of Santa Potenciana.

Salazar was consecrated bishop in 1579 in Madrid and set out at once for the Philippines where he arrived towards the end of 1581 accompanied by two Jesuits, two secular priests, eight Franciscans, and one Dominican. Domingo de Salazar was the first bishop of Manila.

(Ref: General history of the Philippines, Gleeck, Lewis E., 1912; Philippine News Agency; Photo from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domingo_de_Salazar)

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